Friends of Cathedral Music

2018- 2019  Friends of Cathedral Music

Concert Season

Christmas at the Cathedral

Sunday, December 16

5:00 p.m.

please note the time change

Join the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Brass to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. The program features carols old and new and the unveiling of the Cathedral Crèche. The audience will have ample opportunity to join in singing the wonderful music of the season. The choir will sing works of Michael Praetorius, Benjamin Britten, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Rutter, and G. F. Handel. Guest organist Craig Cramer, professor of organ at the University of Notre Dame, will join us for this festive evening.




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Choir chants the Lamentations of Jeremiah, psalms and sings other works for the Office of Tenebrae on this darkest of nights. The gradual extinction of all lights in the Cathedral symbolizes the temporary triumph of the prince of darkness over the Light of the World, and the loud noise, or strepitus, at the conclusion of the office suggests the earthquake described in the Passion narratives.  A single candle left burning is the symbol and promise of Christ’s triumph over death and darkness. Tenebrae concludes with Gregorio Allegri’s famous Miserere.




Sunday, May 12, 2019

5:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra perform Antonio Vivaldi’s famous Gloria and Franz Schubert’s dramatic Mass in G for a special Mother’s Day choral treat. Vivaldi’s work, which was composed in 1715 for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, expresses the exuberance of the traditional Gloria text, while offering great opportunities to hear our Cathedral soloists. Written exactly 100 years later, Schubert’s Mass is characterized by soaring lyricism and unconventional harmonic turns.




Unless otherwise noted all concerts will be performed by

the St. John the Baptist Cathedral Choir.